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In this article, we provide an in-depth analysis of heart disease statistics in Pennsylvania focusing on death rates, demographics, hypertension, and cholesterol.
Our goal is to provide updated information to help individuals, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions and raise awareness about heart disease in Pennsylvania.
In 2021, 27,664 people in Pennsylvania died of heart disease.
Pennsylvania's death rate due to heart disease has steadily decreased from 169.6 in 2014 to 152.9 in 2021.
The data shows that there are significant disparities in heart disease mortality rates among different ethnic groups in Pennsylvania. Black and Hispanic populations have higher rates compared to white and Asian/Pacific Islander populations.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for various conditions that may affect your heart and/or blood vessels.
Hypertension is a condition in which your blood pressure is consistently elevated and measures about 140/90 mmHg or higher.
High blood pressure forces blood against your artery walls. It increases your risk for cardiovascular disease.
High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia is when your total cholesterol and/or low-density lipoproteins (LDL) levels are too high.
It can cause fat buildup within your arteries, which limits blood flow to the heart and puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease.
As heart disease remains a leading cause of death in Pennsylvania and across the nation, being aware of the statistics and trends can help in making informed decisions about healthcare, lifestyle, and prevention strategies.
By understanding the current state of heart disease, we can work together to reduce its impact on individuals, families, and communities in Pennsylvania.